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The Byzantines

ISBN: 978-0-631-20262-2
296 pages
January 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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Winner of the 2006 John D. Criticos Prize

This book introduces the reader to the complex history, ethnicity, and identity of the Byzantines.

  • This volume brings Byzantium – often misconstrued as a vanished successor to the classical world – to the forefront of European history
  • Deconstructs stereotypes surrounding Byzantium
  • Beautifully illustrated with photographs and maps
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Figures.

Maps.

Preface.

Abbreviations.

Acknowledgements.

1. What was Byzantium?.

2. The changing shape of Byzantium: from late antiquity to the tenth century.

3. The changing shape of Byzantium: from the tenth century to 1453.

4. The Byzantine mirage.

5. Ruling the Byzantine state.

6. An orthodox society?.

7. How people lived.

8. Education and culture.

9. Byzantium and Europe.

10. Byzantium and the Mediterranean.

Conclusion.

Chronology.

References.

Index

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Averil Cameron is Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History at Oxford and the Warden of Keble College, and was recently awarded a DBE. Her publications include Changing Cultures in Early Byzantium (1996) and Eusebius, Life of Constantine (ed. with Stuart G. Hall, 1999), and she is a co-editor of volumes XII, XIII and XIV of the Cambridge Ancient History.
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  • This volume brings Byzantium – often misconstrued as a vanished successor to the classical world – to the forefront of European history
  • Focuses on the identity, ethnicity, and culture of the Byzantine people
  • Deconstructs stereotypes surrounding Byzantium
  • Beautifully illustrated with photographs and maps
See More
"The B.yzantines is a welcome addition to the renewal of Byzantine Studies in contemporary academia." (Canadian Journal of History, winter 2009)

"Seeks consistently to place Byzantium in Context and to make the reader question fundamental preconceptions about the Byzantine empire." (Anglo-Hellenic Review)

Winner of the 2006 John D. Criticos Prize

"Averil Cameron’s The Byzantines marks a welcome departure from most previous attempts to portray and characterize Byzantine civilization. The book focuses squarely on the people of the Byzantine Empire, their views of themselves and their culture, and how these changed over time. The result is a remarkably clear view of who the Byzantines were, and the book will contribute significantly to a restoration of Byzantium to its rightful place at the center of the historical tradition of Europe."
Timothy Gregory, Ohio State University

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